Major environmental symposium held in Belmopan Print E-mail
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Friday, 09 March 2018 00:00

The University of Belize hosted the 11th annual Natural Resources Management and Research symposium on Thursday and Friday of last week, inside it’s Jaguar auditorium. The resounding theme for this year is making scientific data available to managers.

In keeping with the theme, March 1st, started off with a keynote talk by Dr. Elma Kay from the University of Belize Environmental Research Institute. Her talk related to bridging the gap between science and management in a small country like Belize.  Also during the first day, highlighted were charismatic species and their current threats, so too were marine conservation projects and initiatives.

Said Gutierrez, President, of the Mesoamerican Society for Biology and Conservation has told the media that the idea was to bring in researchers and managers in the environmental field for both of those days where  “…people [are] involved in actual research bringing some of that information to the table and with the potential of using that information for the guidance of management of protected areas of certain resources.”

In many ways we have to include the students, because the students are hopefully going to be the next generation of biologists, the next generation of managers and perhaps even the next generation of policy makers and that is what we need, we need all the stakeholders to come together.”